Here’s Another Reminder About the Wyclef Jean Show at the Mateel
This is a press release from the Mateel:
Future Productions and the Mateel present three-time Grammy winner, Wyclef Jean in The Carnival Tour with special guest acoustic soul-pop duo Culture Crew, Wednesday, March 28th, at the Mateel Community Center, 59 Rusk Lane in Redway. Tickets are available now at
mateel.org for $40 in advance for this 18 and over show, the doors are at 8pm, show starts at 9pm.
Touring in support of his most recent album, Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee released in September, 2017, the music that Wyclef Jean has written, performed, and produced — both as a solo superstar and as founder and guiding member of the Fugees — has been a consistently powerful, pop cultural force for over two decades.
Support act Culture Crew is comprised of SoCal native, singer-songwriter Sam Schultz and Aaron Watene who has been a successful musician and singer-songwriter since he was in his teens; during the 80s he was in the internationally- acclaimed pop band The Jets. Prior to starting Culture Crew he was a hit songwriter for the hit Nickelodeon kid’s show “Yo Gabba Gabba”. The Culture Crew sound consists of acoustic soul pop with island reggae vibes paired with
Intentional messages that aim to impact the world through the collision of the two most influential universal languages; music and love.
In 1996, the Fugees released their monumental album The Score, which inspired notoriously prickly rock critic Robert Christgau to write: “so beautiful and funny, its courage could make you weep.” The album, created in Wyclef’s studio in his uncle’s basement in New Jersey, hit No. 1 on the Billboard chart, spawned a trio of smash singles (including their indelible reinvention of Roberta Flack’s 1973 ballad “Killing Me Softly”), and is now certified six times platinum. But Wyclef, a child prodigy with a wealth of musical influences from jazz to classic rock to reggae, resisted the pressure to duplicate the sound and style of that masterwork. Instead, he launched himself as a producer and solo artist whose work drew from an innovative and eclectic palette that included elements of pop, country, folk, disco, Latin, and electronic music.
“I just keep moving,” he says today. “If I didn’t keep moving after The Score, y’all wouldn’t have had the biggest pop song of all time.” Wyclef is referring to Shakira’s chart-topping single “Hips Don’t Lie,” which he co-wrote and is featured on. That 2006 blockbuster climbed to No. 1 in 20 countries including the U.S. — a crowning achievement atop a nearly unprecedented run of hits. that include Wyclef’s own “Gone Till November,” “Ghetto Superstar” (Pras feat. Wyclef Jean), Carlos Santana’s No. 1 single “Maria, Maria” (featuring Jean and Product G&B) and the late Whitney Houston’s “My Love is Your Love.” “The only record that captures Whitney, her daughter [Bobbi Kristina], and Bobby Brown all on one song,” Wyclef says of it.
Wyclef has been rewarded for his creativity and adventurousness with three Grammy Awards, a spot on the cover of Rolling Stone’s special “Top 50 Hip Hop Players,” and the opportunity to make music with such legends as Michael Jackson, Queen, Mick Jagger, Paul Simon, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kenny Rogers, and Tom Jones. As a solo artist, he has released six albums that have sold nearly nine million copies worldwide, including his 1997 solo debut The Carnival. and 2000’s aptly titled The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book, which even turned wrestling superstar/action hero The Rock into a pop star with the international hit single “It Doesn’t Matter.” Through it all, Wyclef kept an ear cocked for new talent. He helped launch Beyoncé´s career with Destiny’s Child’s early hit “No, No, No.”
Tickets for Wyclef Jean with special guest Culture Crew are now on sale at local ticket outlets: Mendo Trim Tools in Laytonville, Main Street Music in Willits, People’s Records in Arcata, Brass Rail Bar in Redway, Redway Liquor in Redway, The Works in Eureka, Ukiah Natural Foods in Ukiah, Blue Moon Gift Shop in Garberville and SHC in Garberville. For more information visit mateel.org or call 707-923-3368.